...wasn't 100% screen free. But it was FAR less than normal. Except for searching for rental homes on Tuesday and the occasional printing off of a coloring page, I was able to keep my internet time to after the kids went to bed, and even then it was pretty short for the most part. The kids didn't even seem to notice the change much. The weather was beautiful and we played outside. There were some changes though.
The kids played more, and their play was more imaginative, deeper, and lasted longer.
We found a frog in our backyard, visited the river, and had picnics at the park.
I was able to take pleasure in things I wouldn't have even noticed before. For example, on Wednesday I was making bread and a movement from my favorite symphony came on the radio, and I was able to just appreciate that moment of beauty and peace.
I got a lot more done! We had homemade bread every day this week (I made it on Monday and Wednesday). My house was cleaner. I wrote thank you notes, planned lessons, and even scrapped the preschool curriculum I was using and made my own (more on that later this week, let's just say it is so much more fun).
I felt sharper, and more with it, more in the moment.
I realized on Tuesday after I had been on the internet for a while, that I just felt blah. My mind felt passive and kind of numbly buzzing. I realized that all the times when my fingers itch to get on the internet, with no good reason other than to surf, that I am just craving that feeling of doing something without actually having to think. That escape. I finished up "Simplicity Parenting" (if you haven't read it, you should) and the author quotes a definition of addiction he liked, and I realized that it pertained to me. He said that an addiction is using an outside stimulus to avoid inward growth. When I looked around at all the things I was doing, the little moments and pauses, the extra work, the extra cuddles, books and time with my kids, I realized that I had been replacing inward growth with my outside stimulus of choice...the internet.
So things are changing around here. I am going to continue the pattern of only checking my social media and e-mail after the kids go to bed. I may still get on the computer to print something off or look up a recipe or craft, but other than that, I am rally going to try to keep the computer off during the day. Same for the TV.
Although, as a caveat to all of this, I am moving soon, so I am sure the computer and TV will be used a lot here in the next 6 weeks to get things done.
I enjoyed the change. I enjoyed the peace, the small things I wouldn't have noticed before. I know most people didn't participate, but I would challenge you just to make a small change, a slight drawback in your screen activity, and see what you notice!